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Entries by Christopher Lydon from 10/2010

Jill Lepore: Tea Party Time... and the Death of Compassion (AUDIO)

| Posted 10.15.2010 | Books

There's more religion than politics in the 2010 Tea Party, Jill Lepore is saying. There's less of 1776 about it than of 1976 -- that dyspeptic post-Vietnam, post-Watergate bicentennial moment.

V. S. Naipaul's "Gloomy Clarity" About Africa and Himself (AUDIO)

| Posted 10.26.2010 | Books

V. S. Naipaul, in the winter of his long writing life, doesn't disguise his melancholy or his frailty. Still, his inquisitorial eye and his magic with a prose sentence have not abandoned him, nor the organ tones of his mesmerizing voice.

Noam Chomsky: the American Socrates on an Upbeat (AUDIO)

| Posted 10.29.2010 | Politics

Noam Chomsky, after all these years, retains the power to shock -- in the bright title of his new collection, Hopes and Prospects, and with what sound...